QUESTION: I am concerned with the recent rash of cyber theft and ransomware activity. What can a small business with limited resources do to protect itself?
ANSWER: The Benjamin Franklin axiom “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is as true today as it was then.
Consider the following key cybersecurity tips to protect your small business.
Once you have assessed where you stand in terms of cybersecurity protection, you can get started on fixing your weakest links.
You should create a strategy that you can implement in a worst-case scenario to minimize losses as much as possible.
1. Your employees are the first line of defense in protecting your business from cyber threats.
Educate them regarding basic security practices including strong computer passwords that should be changed every three months.
Also, educate them about never opening unfamiliar attachments. Make sure a separate user account is created for each employee.
2. Employees should only be given access to the specific data systems that they need for the performance of their jobs.
3. Administrative privileges should only be given to trusted IT staff and key personnel and no one should be allowed to install software without permission.